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    Which are the best preparation books for UPSC exams?

    Going to appear for the UPSC exams? Know from experts which books are the best to help you in preparing for and acing the UPSC exams.

    I am preparing for UPSC examination. Can you suggest me some books to prepare for the UPSC exam? Any general tips in preparing would also be helpful.
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  • I used to subscribe the magazine Competition Success Review (CSR) in my child hood. Also, I used to read the Year book published by Manorama Publications. I used to read the newspaper 'The Hindu" thoroughly, page by page. There are no tips and easy ways. You should have thorough knowledge about your subject and good General knowledge and good commonsense.

    Wishing you all the best for Civil Services exams!

  • UPSC examination for civil services is a tough examination and you have to clear preliminary exam to attend the final exam. The books for this examination will be based on the subjects you have chosen. But for general knowledge, you can go through the yearbooks published by Manorama Publications. The Hindu is a very standard newspaper in which all the news published are very reliable and no fake news. Their language is good and your vocabulary will also increase if you go through this paper daily without fail.
    The following books you can try:
    History Of Modern India – Bipan Chandra. (History)
    India's Struggle For Independence – Bipan Chandra. (History)
    India's Ancient Past – R.S. Sharma. (History)
    The Wonder That Was India – A.L. Basham. (Culture)
    Indian Art and Culture – Nitin Singhania. (Culture)
    Geography of India – Majid Husain. (Geography)
    Indian Polity for Civil Services Examinations – M. Laxmikanth. (Polity)
    Indian Economy – Ramesh Singh. (Economy)

    always confident

  • There are some magazines especially meant for competition purposes like Competetion Success Review, Yojana,
    Economic and Political Weekly (EPW), Frontline, Science Reporter etc which one can subscribe regularly. Year books from various publications are also useful. Indian Polity by Laxmikanth and Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh are good guide books on these wo subjects.

    The preparation for UPSC is a long time process and reading habits for that purpose are to be started right from the time one is in high school classes. This is important because if one starts early then only one can cover many things parallel to ones routine studies and things will be retained in the mind with that intention.

    Referring many books within a short time may not serve that purpose because the minor things will escape notice.

    What I will suggest is go through the civics, geography, history and other general subjects of class VIII to class XII and many things you can cover from there.

    I remember, once a question was asked that how many legs does a common house spider have. Many students confused between 6 and 8. Those who were remembering the Biology of lower classes knew that spider belonged to the group of octopedes and hence it had 8 (octo-) legs.

    The point is that if you have a sound educational footing in your schooling you have better chances to attend to these miscelleneous questions.

    A candidate for UPSC has to read the newspaper thoroughly and see the unknown abbreviations and name of famous things critically as many of them are asked in the UPSC exam indirect ways.

    In the market there are many guidebooks and question banks available but until unless a thorough education background is there one will be confused with a slightly maneuvered question.

    For example you may remember that Rajatarngini book is written by the writer Kalhana but if it is asked what is the matter in that book then you may not be able to easily tell that it is the old history of Kashmir.

    So just cramming data from the guide books may not help until you also see the things associated with those entities.

    If you have sufficient time you can try to read the various text books of class XI and XII pertaining to general subjects.

    You may be a cricket fan and may be knowing a lot of cricket things but if you are asked why the captain of a cricket team is called skipper, you will think twice to answer it.

    Anyway, my intention is only to tell that our studies should not be superficial if we are really interested in an exam like UPSC.

    Knowledge is power.

  • UPSC main examination consists of three parts and each part namely preliminary, written subject to clearance of preliminary and finally the oral after qualifying the written are the basic tests to assess the potential of the candidate.
    Hence it is supposed that the aspirant must have updated information of the current events apart from sound concept of reasoning and a good command over English. So the regular reading habit of any renowned English News Paper will help one to score impressive marks in Preliminary.
    For the written part, Books will differ from subject to subject but one thing is certain the knowledge of the candidate must be up to the graduation - level and a sound concept of the subject so chosen would be required. For the preparation of Pure Mathematics books written by ML Khanna would help one to understand the basics of subject and similarly in Physics books of HC Verma would be helpful. It is always benificial to remain in contact with a proper institute for a better guidance of the study - material of the subjects.
    However, the rate of success in the final test ie oral test would depend upon thorough understanding of the topic being asked by the member of interview and a clarity of expression. Pay adequate courtesy while one is on the board during the interview session.

  • There are many guide books, competition related magazines, model questions and question banks etc available in the market and one can prepare for this coveted exam with the help of those reading materials. This is the general trend people follow but here one thing which matters most is what is your background knowledge. Are you starting your preparation from today itself or you had this thing in mind long back and you have already done a lot of home work for this.

    This is very important because if the base is not solid the coming structure will be week and unstable.

    Anyway we can not go back in the time but we have to compensate that by giving more time now to cover up those things which other aspirants might had done earlier in lower classes.

    This is one reason why many people advise the IAS aspirants to go through the text books of class VIII to XII again at this stage. You will not have scarcity of books in this respect but the main thing is how much you can exert and go on doing hard work to achieve this prestigious target.

    Thoughts exchanged is knowledge gained.

  • I am sorry to say that I don't feel your question is genuine. However, so far as General Studies paper is concerned (for both Preliminary and Mains), the study materials of reputed coaching centres like Rau's, Chanakya etc. would be very useful. In addition, candidates study various periodicals like Competition Success Review, Yojana, Manorama Yearbook and the Reference Manual published by the Publication Division of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting are essential. The candidates must read standard English newspapers like The Hindu or the Times of India regularly without fail. Important news-items and news analysis must be preserved for ready reference.

    "If you are killed in action, you go to Heaven. If you win, you rule this Earth (as beautiful as Heaven). That is why, O son of Kunti, take a firm resolve and fight!"-- Shrimad Bhagwad Gita

  • It can be presumed that you are preparing for Civil services Preliminary Examination and you are aware of the CSE pattern. My answer would confine to your Preliminary Examination. The Civil Services Preliminary exam would consist of two papers 200 marks each (General Studies Paper I and General Studies Paper II) and will be of objective type and MCQs to get qualified for the main examination.

    The topics covered in the examination include Current events of national and international importance, History of India and Indian National Movement, Indian and World Geography, Indian Polity and Governance, Economics, Environmental, and General Science.

    As such, you need to be through with the current events in India and abroad. Follow the Newspapers and news reports regularly. Collect all the NCERT books related to Social studies, geography, and Economics from Class VI to X which will help you a lot. Competition Success Review (CSR) is lending a helping hand to the Civil services aspirants for more than five decades and subscribe for it. GK Today, Indian and Foreign Review, Manorama Year Book, Yojana and many other competitive magazines like Competition Adviser would help you a lot. For paper II, the areas covered are- Comprehension, communication skills, Logical reasoning, and analytical ability, Decision-making and problem-solving, General mental ability and Data Interpretation. If you go through any CAT examination preparation guide, you can pick the elements of learning. Coaching in a reputed institute would always be a valuable addition to your preparation.


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